Iran, Russia FMs express satisfaction with preventing war in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses foreign representatives at the UN Headquarters in New York, September 18, 2013.

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian and Russian foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly annual meeting in New York where the two sides discussed the main regional and international developments and expressed satisfaction with preventing any war in Syria.

Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sergei Lavrov conferred on issues of mutual interests as well as regional and internationals matters including Syria and Iran’s nuclear energy during the meeting on Tuesday.

The two sides also expressed satisfaction with efforts underway to prevent war in Syria and stressed finding political solutions to end the crisis and conflicts in the country.

Zarif, for his part, condemned any use of chemical weapons, and said “Chemical weapons should be taken out of all sides in Syria.”

Lavrov, for his part, emphasized the necessity of ending crisis in Syria, and reiterated any war in the country would lead to ‘catastrophe’.

They also expressed satisfaction over the expansion of Tehran-Moscow mutual cooperation and discussed the further cooperation on oil, gas, electricity, industry and machinery as well as continuing continuing cooperation programs among Caspian Sea littoral states.



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